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The 6th Young Researchers Summit - providing support for young researchers


The 2021 Business and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit was hosted by the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights at the GSEM on 16 & 17 September. Now in its 6th year, the Summit provides Ph.D. students and early post-doctoral researchers with an opportunity to discuss interdisciplinary research in the business and human rights field with experts and other young scholars from around the globe.

Applicants submit advanced but unpublished work on human rights, and 10-15 projects are chosen for presentation. This year, 12 candidates were selected, including GSEM Ph.D. candidate Julia Croce, from the Institute of Management, who presented her paper on “The Role of CSR in Building Democracy in Fragile Countries”.

The Summit was moderated by GSEM Professor Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, and Florian Wettstein (University of St. Gallen). At the summit, the 12 presentations were followed by commentary and a group discussion. This provided participants with the opportunity to receive feedback on their work from peers in their field and facilitated the building of a network to provide support after the event. The 2-day event was held online and in-person and welcomed students from Brazil, the Netherlands, and Germany, and included a group dinner and walking tour of Geneva.

Founded in 2016 by Prof. Baumann-Pauly and Prof. Wettstein, the Business and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit aims to provide a platform to help strengthen business and human rights as an academic discipline by encouraging and supporting emerging scholars. The event is held in partnership with the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St. Gallen, the Center for Business and Human Rights at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and the Business and Human Rights Journal.

September 23, 2021
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